An affiliate of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS)
The Poetry Society of Tennessee (PST) is a non-profit organization founded by poets for poets in Memphis in 1953, for the purpose of bringing into being a close comradeship and mutual working fellowship among the recognized poets of the state; stimulating the as yet unrecognized poets of the state to make an effort for recognition in the established channels of expression; sponsoring the recognition of poetry as a creative art in the educational institutions within this state by encouraging the youth of Tennessee to secure the cultural background and appreciation necessary to achieve stature as a poet; and assisting and encouraging in every way possible the development of creative talent in the field of poetry. We are an inclusive, supportive, "learn by doing" society. Some of our members are accomplished poets, some are beginners, and a few are non-writers who simply love poetry. No matter where you fit in the spectrum, PST has something to offer. PST is recognized as the founding society in the State of Tennessee by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS).